Richard Roxburgh Biography

Richard Roxburgh is an Australian actor, writer, producer, and director, best known for his roles in the movie ‘Moulin Rouge!’. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, personal life, career, and achievements.

Richard Roxburgh
Quick Facts

Birthday: January 23, 1962

Nationality: Australian

Famous: Actors Directors

Age: 57 Years, 57 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Born Country: Australia

Born in: Albury, New South Wales, Australia

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Silvia Colloca (m. 2004)

father: John Roxburgh

mother: Mary Roxburgh

children: Miro Roxburgh, Raphael Roxburgh

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education: Australian National University, National Institute of Dramatic Art

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Richard Roxburgh is an internationally acclaimed Australian actor, writer, producer, and director. Roxburgh started his career as a stage actor with the ‘Sydney Theatre Company,’ after graduating from the prestigious Australian theater school ‘National Institute of Dramatic Arts’ (NIDA) in 1986. With a career spanning over 3 decades, the actor is most popular for his roles in ‘Moulin Rouge’ (2001) and ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ (2003). One of his prominent TV roles has been as the New South Wales police force detective ‘Roger Rogerson’ in the miniseries ‘Blue Murder’ (1995). In 2007, Roxburgh made his directorial debut with the film ‘Romulus, My Father,’ starring Eric Bana. A gifted actor, Roxburgh is known for his incredible ability to portray villains in films and TV series.

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Richard Roxburgh
Childhood & Early life
  • Born on January 23, 1962, in Albury, New South Wales, Australia, Roxburgh was the youngest of the six children of John and Mary Roxburgh.
  • Roxburgh attended the government-funded ‘Albury High School.’ During his school days, Roxburgh played the role of ‘Willy Loman’ in the ‘Albury High School’ production of ‘Death of a Salesman’ in 1978.
  • After completing high school, Roxburgh attended the ‘Australian National University’ in Canberra to study economics, before deciding to become an actor. He graduated with a BEc in 1984.
  • After college, Roxburgh enrolled into an education course in theater and drama. He graduated from the prestigious ‘NIDA’ in 1986, after securing an admission on his second attempt.
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Career
  • In 1987, Richard Roxburgh began his film career with the role of ‘Proud’ in the TV film ‘The Riddle of the Stinson.’
  • In 1989, Roxburgh guest-appeared in the made-for-TV feature film ‘The Saint: Fear in Fun Park,’ appearing as ‘Justin.’
  • In 1990, Roxburgh got his first major TV break, in the miniseries ‘The Paper Man.’ He portrayed the role of ‘Gracie Fields’ in the series.
  • The year 1991 saw Roxburgh appearing as ‘Johnny’ in the action–drama film ‘Dead to the World.’
  • Roxburgh essayed the role of ‘Hugh Mcintosh’ in the two-part TV miniseries ‘Tracks of Glory,’ in 1992.
  • In 1993, Roxburgh appeared as ‘Tim Warne’ in an episode of the series ‘Police Rescue.’ He also appeared in the role of ‘Harrison’ in the Australian–Japanese crime drama TV film ‘Crimebroker.’ The same year, he appeared in an episode of the Australian miniseries ‘Seven Deadly Sins,’ portraying ‘Gluttony.’
  • The year 1994 saw him portraying ‘Jack’/‘Harry’ in the Australian comedy–drama ‘Talk’.
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  • In 1995, Roxburgh played the role of ‘Roger Rogerson,’ one of the lead characters, in the Australian TV miniseries ‘Blue Murder.’ He also appeared in the role of ‘Sergeant Paul Santos’ in an episode of the Australian crime series ‘Halifax f.p.’ He played the role of ‘Rob McSpedden’ in the Australian musical film ‘Billy's Holiday.’ He also appeared as ‘Harry’ in the Australian short film ‘Lessons in the Language of Love.’ The same year, he appeared in the critically acclaimed Australian short film ‘Hayride to Hell.’
  • Roxburgh portrayed the role of ‘Joe’ in the Australian film ‘Children of the Revolution,’ in 1996. He also appeared as ‘Ben’ in an episode of the Australian anthology and mystery–drama series ‘Twisted Tales.’
  • In 1997, Roxburgh essayed the role of ‘Ronald Ryan,’ the central character, in the Australian TV film ‘The Last of the Ryans.’ He also appeared as ‘Guy Jamieson’ in the Australian romantic comedy ‘Thank God He Met Lizzie.’ He appeared in the Australian comedy–drama film ‘Doing Time for Patsy Cline,’ as ‘Boyd.’ This role earned Roxburgh the ‘Australian Film Institute’ award for the ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ in 1997.
  • In 1998, Roxburgh appeared in the role of ‘Mr Jeffries’ in the British–Australian romantic drama ‘Oscar and Lucinda.’ He also appeared as ‘Murray Jacob’ in the feature film ‘In the Winter Dark.’ He also appeared as ‘Superintendent William Hobbs’ in the miniseries ‘Frontier.’ The film ‘A Little Bit of Soul’ saw Richard Roxburgh lend his voice to the character ‘Sir Samuel Michael.’
  • The year 1999 saw Roxburgh appearing in the Australian drama ‘Passion,’ portraying the character of popular Australian-born composer, arranger, and pianist Percy Grainger. This role helped Roxburgh earn a nomination for the ‘Australian Film Institute’ award for the ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role.’ He also appeared as ‘Captain Daventry’ in the movie ‘The Last September.’
  • In 2000, Roxburgh got his first major Hollywood breakthrough when he was cast as the villainous henchman ‘Hugh Stamp’ in the high-profile Hollywood movie ‘Mission: Impossible II.’
  • In 2001, Roxburgh continued to impress international audiences with his performance as the sniveling ‘Duke of Monroth’ in the musical hit ‘Moulin Rouge!’ The role helped Roxburgh earn nominations for the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture’ and the ‘Australian Film Institute’ award for the ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role.’ He also appeared as ‘Mr. R’ in two episodes of the American made-for-TV biographical miniseries ‘Blonde.’
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  • Roxburgh portrayed the role of legendary sleuth ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in the TV movie ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles,’ in 2002. He also appeared in the TV movie ‘The Road from Coorain,’ as ‘Bill.’ He appeared as ‘Karl’ in the movie ‘The Touch’ and as ‘Neil’ in the movie ‘The One and Only.’
  • In 2003, Roxburgh appeared as ‘The Fantom’/‘M’/‘Professor Moriarty’ in the movie ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.’
  • In 2004, Roxburgh essayed the character of ‘Dracula’ in the American period action–horror movie ‘Van Helsing.’
  • Roxburgh appeared as ‘Dr. Keith Orbit’ in ‘Stealth’ and as ‘Robert Kerry’ in ‘Fragiles,’ both in 2005.
  • In 2006, Roxburgh appeared as ‘Martin McKenzie’ in ‘Like Minds’ and as ‘Richard Trealoar’ in ‘The Silence.’
  • In 2007, Roxburgh made his directorial debut with the movie ‘Romulus, My Father.’ The film was nominated for the ‘Film Critics Circle of Australia’ award for the ‘Best Director’ and the ‘Australian Film Institute’ award for the ‘Best Direction.’
  • Roxburgh made a recurring appearance (13 episodes) in the Australian TV drama ‘East of Everything,’ as ‘Art Watkins,’ in 2008.
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  • In 2009, Roxburgh portrayed the role of ‘Charles Van Koors’ in the miniseries ‘False Witness.’
  • In 2010, Roxburgh appeared as ‘David’ in the movie ‘Matching Jack.’ He also appeared in the TV film ‘Hawke,’ as ‘Bob Hawke.’ The role helped him win the ‘Australian Film Institute’ award for the ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role.’ The 2010 American–Australian 3D computer-animated fantasy–adventure film ‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole’ saw Roxburgh lend his voice to the character ‘Boron.’ Roxburgh also portrayed the role of ‘Cleaver Greene’ in the series ‘Rake.’ The series ran into its fifth season in 2018, and he appeared in all its seasons. The character of ‘Cleaver Greene’ helped Roxburgh win the ‘Logie Award’ for the ‘Most Outstanding Actor in a Series.’ He also won the ‘Equity Award’ for ‘Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series,’ along with the cast.
  • In 2011, Roxburgh appeared in the movie ‘Sanctum,’ portraying the character ‘Frank McGuire.’ He also appeared in the British miniseries ‘Ice,’ as ‘Thom Archer.’
  • The year 2013 saw him appearing as ‘Vic Lang’ in the Australian anthology film ‘The Turning.’
  • In 2014, Roxburgh played the role of a voice artist in the German–Australian computer-animated comedy–adventure film ‘Maya the Bee.’ He also lent his voice to the character ‘Flip,’ a grasshopper.
  • In 2015, Roxburgh appeared as ‘Dan’ in the Australian drama film ‘Looking for Grace.’ He also lent his voice to the character ‘Mr. Bill,’ ‘Blinky's father, in the computer-animated adventure–comedy film ‘Blinky Bill the Movie.’
  • The year 2016 saw Roxburgh appearing in the Mel Gibson-directed biographical war drama ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ as ‘Colonel Stelzer.’
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  • In 2017, Roxburgh appeared as ‘Mr. Pike’ in the movie ‘Breath.’ He also appeared in the two-part Australian miniseries ‘Blue Murder: Killer Cop,’ which featured him as the central character, ‘Roger Rogerson’ (former King's Cross detective and a convicted killer).
  • In 2019, Roxburgh portrayed the role of ‘Nick,’ the central character, in the Australian drama series ‘The Hunting.’ He was also part of the Australian war film ‘Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan,’ in which he portrayed the character ‘Brigadier David Jackson.’ The film released in Australia on August 8, 2019. He is currently shooting for the film ‘Go Karts,’ in which he plays the character ‘Patrick.’
  • He produced and wrote a few episodes of the series ‘Rake.’
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Awards & Achievements
  • In 1997, Roxburgh won the ‘Australian Film Institute’ award for the ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,’ for his role ‘Byod’ in the film ‘Doing Time for Patsy Cline.’
  • In 1999, Roxburgh was nominated for the ‘Australian Film Institute award for the ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role,’ for his portrayal of ‘Percy Grainger’ in the movie ‘Passion.’
  • In 2001, Roxburgh was nominated for the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture’ and the ‘Australian Film Institute’ award for the ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role,’ for his portrayal of ‘The Duke of Monroth’ in the movie ‘Moulin Rouge!’
  • In 2007, Roxburgh was nominated for the ‘Film Critics Circle of Australia’ award for the ‘Best Director’ and the ‘Australian Film Institute’ award for the ‘Best Direction,’ for the movie ‘Romulus, My Father.’
  • In 2010, Roxburgh won the ‘Australian Film Institute’ award for the ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role,’ for his portrayal of ‘Bob Hawke’ in the film ‘Hawke.’
  • The character of ‘Cleaver Greene’ in the TV series ‘Rake’ helped Roxburgh win the ‘Logie Award’ for the ‘Most Outstanding Actor in a Series’ and the ‘Equity Award’ (along with the cast) for the ‘Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.’
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Family & Personal Life
  • Richard Roxburgh is married to Italian-born actor, blogger, cookbook author, and TV cookery show personality Silvia Colloca. They got married on September 25, 2004, and have three children.
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Trivia
  • Roxburgh and his wife have appeared as an on-screen couple.
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